Thousands of folks make their way to this part of the Texas Gulf Coast to catch a glimpse of the amazing Whooping Cranes that spend their winter around the Aransas Wildlife Refuge.
Not too far south of the refuge and about a mile’s bicycle ride north of the Goose Island State Park campground stands one of the largest Coastal Live Oaks in the nation. Known as “The Big Tree,” it is said to be more than 1,000 years old, with a circumference of 35 feet, a crown spread of 90 feet and a height of about 44 feet tall.
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Photo: RVers Chuck Arbuckle and Jimmy Smith admire The Big Tree, 2011. (Julianne G. Crane)
Juliane, When my daughter and I were in Europe last Spring, we stopped at Melk Abbey in Austria. http://www.stiftmelk.at There is a garden with garden paths at the Abbey. One area displayed on postcards had enormous trees with huge spreading limbs. When we were there the limbs had all been cut off. They had gotten so heavy that they were falling and the caretakers didn’t want anyone to be hit by the huge tree limbs. The tree in this post reminds me of those trees. I believe they were Linden trees.